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Title: Emotional Effects of Criminal Court Testimony on Child Sexual Assault Victims: A Preliminary Report (From The Child Witness -- Do the Courts Abuse Children? P 46-54, 1988, Graham Davies and Jonquil Drinkwater, eds.
Author(s): G S Goodman; D P H Jones; E A Pyle; L Prado-Estrada; L K Port; P England; R Mason; L Rudy
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: British Psychological Soc
Leicester, LE1 7DR, England
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: British Psychological Soc
Division of Criminological and Legal Psychology
St Andrews House
48 Princess Road East
Leicester, LE1 7DR,
United Kingdom
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study evaluates the effect of court proceedings on child abuse victims who are called to testify against the perpetrators of their abuse. A sample of 98 children, ranging in age from 4 to 16 and mostly female, is used in the study, where their testimony and reactions are observed; the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) is used to measure the children's precourt and postappearance disturbances.
Abstract: Forty-two children from the sample were interviewed at the courtroom preceding any testimony they might be required to give. While some of them expressed positive feelings about talking to the prosecutor, the majority viewed testifying and facing the alleged abuser negatively. A comparison of CBCL scores for children who testified and those who did not indicates that children who testified have a marginally significant increase in overall behavioral disturbances, but a much higher score on problem internalization. However, these results are still tentative due to the small sample size, the short-term nature of the findings, and the preliminary nature of many of the court hearings which leave the cases unresolved. 3 tables and 18 references
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Juvenile witnesses
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Victim reactions to the Criminal Justice System
Note: Issues in Criminological and Legal Psychology, No 13
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